Music and sound are absolutely integral to filmmaking. The right score can elevate a scene or surprise the audience—just take a look at any needle drop in Quentin Tarantino's movies, for example. And sound effects are necessary to immerse the audience in the world you're trying to create. Both work together to delight, scare, or sadden viewers.

These two elements are some of the biggest finishing pieces in any film or TV project, and they help creators set the correct mood and create a reality for their viewers. Even the most basic scene can soar with the right sound!

But as indie filmmakers or content creators, where do you find affordable, high-quality sound and music that won't get you dinged with copyright violations?

Enter Epidemic Sound, one of the world's leading sound effects and music libraries.

Epidemic Sound has over 35,000 songs and 90,000 sound effects, all waiting for you to use, royalty-free and cleared for all platforms worldwide.

How to use Epidemic Sound

A quick glance through Epidemic Sound's diverse catalog will show you all types of music and sound effects, from euphoric hip hop to elegant acoustic to dreamy beats.

The Epidemic Sound music catalog is built around its users’ needs and is optimized for control when searching, filtering, browsing, and collaborating. With Epidemic Sound, you get unlimited access to a continuously updated and easily navigated catalog with world-class music.

Finding the perfect track for your video is easy. There are curated albums for all kinds of themes and occasions, and you can search and filter based on genres, moods, vocals, length, and tempo.

Use the "find similar" function if you want more of the same, or listen to Epidemic Sound's recommendations based on your YouTube channel.

All tracks come in stems, letting you remove parts of a song you don’t like. You can easily leave out parts of the tracks to make each song uniquely yours.

Check out how easy it is to find and use music and effects from Epidemic Sound!

Enter the "At the End of the Tunnel" Short Film Contest!

Now that you know how easy Epidemic Sound is to use, you'll be able to find the perfect music and sound for our latest contest. No Film School has partnered with Epidemic Sound to bring you the "At the End of the Tunnel" Short Film Contest.

You could win a Sony a6000 to shoot your next project, along with up to six months of free access to Epidemic Sound's amazing library of royalty-free music and sound effects to add those important final touches.

Epidemic Sound has even curated an exclusive album for No Film School users to use in the contest. Feel free to pull from these curated tracks, or explore the Epidemic Sound catalog on your own!

Visit this post to learn how to enter. We can't wait to see your short films!

About Epidemic Sound

Epidemic Sound was founded in 2009 and was made to buck the limitations of traditional music licensing. It exists to help content creators and brands license soundtracks and sound effects easily.

The company has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Seoul, with headquarters in Stockholm. They want music to travel freely and fairly around the world. They have partnered with asset platforms, social networks, and video apps to make the Epidemic Sound catalog internationally available.

Epidemic Sound is known for high-quality music, which includes over 160 genres produced and performed by professional musicians, composers, and engineers.

They own all the rights to this music, so Epidemic Sound users never have to worry about copyright claims. The music is cleared for worldwide use, forever.

Epidemic Sound has also created a network for its community to fuel creative and commercial success. Everyone enjoys access to world-class music, without complexity.

Epidemic Sound offers three different plans; Personal, Commercial, and Enterprise. Let's check out two of them in more detail.

Plans from Epidemic Sound

Epidemic Sound offers flexible pricing plans and options for all kinds of creators.

Personal Plan: The personal subscription is made for the creator putting together their own content. This subscription allows non-commercial creators to publish videos using Epidemic’s catalog of music and sound effects across YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitch, and podcasting platforms.

With this subscription, you have unlimited access to download and publish content using Epidemic Sound’s music, for as long as you are subscribed.

As a personal subscriber, you can link a single YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitch page along with one Podcast RSS feed. For every additional set of social channels you'd like to use Epidemic Sound content on, an additional subscription is required.

Commercial Plan: For a creator working on commercial or business projects, the Commercial Plan is your best option! It gets you high-quality music for all your freelance and in-house work.

These sounds and music will be cleared for all online platforms, digital ads, and unlimited social media marketing.

You have unlimited access to download and use Epidemic music and sound effects in your published content as well as the ability to sublicense and clear content for any of your clients. There are no limitations for use on digital ads and marketing on social media.

No matter your level, you can try Epidemic Sound for 30 days, free of charge! The trial allows you to download and publish as many tracks as you like for both videos or podcasts. If you cancel your subscription, the content you published when you had an active subscription will still be covered.

Check out the site for more pricing information.